Courts in Iraq have sentenced more than 300 people to death for being members of Isis. Dozens of foreign nationals are among those who have been told their fate, including a large number of women.
Two courts in Mosul and Baghdad have tried the suspects since January. In total 103 foreigners have been given the death penalty with another 185 receiving life sentences. In Mosul, another 212 people have been sentenced to death, mostly for complicity with Islamic State following the liberation of the area by Iraqi forces in July and August.
Mosul was home to two million people before being overrun in 2014 by Islamic State which proclaimed a ‘caliphate’ stretching into neighbouring Syria. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared full victory over the group last December after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country.
Since then, Human rights groups have accused Iraqi and other regional forces of inconsistencies in the judicial process and flawed trials leading to unfair convictions. Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council said on Wednesday that criminal courts falling under the Nineveh Federal Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Mosul, had so far ruled on a total of 815 cases since the area was recaptured from Islamic State.
‘The statistics coming from the criminal courts show that 815 people have gone on trial and that 212 were sentenced to death. A further 150 were sentenced to life in prison,’ said judiciary spokesman Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar.
It was not immediately clear how many, if any, of the death sentences had been already carried out. ‘The vast majority of these rulings were against elements of the Islamic State terrorist organisation who were proven to have committed crimes, and came after public trials conducted in accordance with the law. Defendants were afforded their rights,’ Birqdar said.
Another 341 people were jailed for various terms and 112 were acquitted, he said. New York-based Human Rights Watch released an 80-page report in December accusing Iraqi federal and Kurdish regional judiciaries of violating the rights of Islamic State suspects with flawed trials, arbitrary detentions under harsh conditions and broad prosecutions.
Source: Metro UK
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